Did you take a holiday this year or skip it due to high gas prices? US citizens have consistently been good at avoiding holidays so this year they have got a built in excuse. If you passed on a vacation so far and need to be more happy and fitter, now could be the time to take a vacation!
According to an Expedia.com poll a 3rd of all US people don’t take all of their holiday days. The Bureau of Work Statics announces that one quarter of all American citizens get no paid vacation! That was a shock to me though as an entrepreneur in a solo practice I am getting no paid holiday either.
A Times article by Alina Tugend titled ” Holidays are great for You, Medically Talking ” makes the point that up to date studies indicate that holidays are obligatory for top health. The work sites 2 different health studies (one with females and the other males) that showed a high share of coronary issues happen for those that don’t holiday frequently.
A holiday gives you time to unwind. It lets you de-stress and unwind. There’s research proof you sleep deeper during and following your holiday. I’ve always been amazed the sense of relaxed holiday quietness lasts for 1 or 2 days when I return. BTW for those that carry mobile phones and Blackberries to check on work back at work on their holiday, there were studies to show that you’re less sure to get the advantages of holiday according to the NY Times article.
So if you did not take your holiday yet, now may be the time to do it. If you’re the type to test in with the office, find a place where cellphones and Blackberries do not work so that you can really relax. (It can be tricky to unfasten from the cellphone / Blackberry addiction! But worthwhile. )
If you have young youngsters, vacations with them can be exhausting. That isn’t the sort of holiday that relaxes! Young families need to take 2 holidays, one with the family and one for the elders alone.
As a Gramps I’m always happy to get asked to baby sit while my girl and son-in law go on holiday. I once went to Disney World with the entire family so they might have time with one another and I could watch the youngsters. If you have this option, you get a rest and please your mother and father too.
For my holiday this year, I took part in the Berkshire Choral Holiday. I enjoy holidays where I do something I do not get enough of in the year. For me that’s singing. I spent a week learning and rehearsing “Carmina Burana” and then with a bunch of other vocalists we performed it on July 19th for an audience. Both the walk through and the performance were totally thrilling experiences. I am planning to do it again next year.
Whether you like venturesome holidays, learning holidays, traveling holidays or simply sitting by the pool holidays, it’s very important to modify your environment once or biannually and just have a giraffe. (What’s all that work for?) Where you go or what you do isn’t as crucial as just enjoying yourself and letting go for a bit. If you have not prepared your holiday yet, do it today.
1. Holidays do not need to be exotic. What percentage of us have gone abroad but never paid a visit to the fascinating places holiday makers from other states visit close to our own home. Make a catalogue of the places close by that you’ve always wished to visit and plan your holiday around them.
2. Are you a mail addict even on vacation? Start to consider ways to cut back on checking even when you’re not on holiday. It wastes time anyhow. Write down a list of things you can do to get rid of lots of e-mail while you are on vacation and implement your concepts before holiday.